Been busy with hardware ‘n software – probably 30 posts in ‘thar somewhar – and decided to move Slackware Linux onto my front page ‘n also onto the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ page.
DistroWatch had news note – Development Release: Slackware Linux 15.0 Alpha 1 – ‘n I thought to test it out, i.e. the 15.0 Alpha 1 version. However, either its not available in ISO form or they’re only providing the old/current slackware64-current-install-dvd one – 14.2 from “2016-07-01.”
This Distro offers one of the ‘purest‘ Fulltime Linux Root User options I have seen from the Linux community. Don’t care for the KDE ‘n Xfce offered as DE’s during installation, but they offer a relief from the annoying archaic “Authenticate” popup/s or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ that most Distros insist on.
After installation, @ a terminal looking reception, it asks for name, password and then you have to type “startx” @ the command prompt. Majority of fulltime Linux users couldn’t install this Linux Distro…they need a simple graphical installer, and Slackware’s installer might be too closely ‘related‘ to DOS.
I tried a couple of times, and then decided to just partition the target SSD in another Distro using GParted:
Installation process had suggested 100MiB’s for the Fat32 boot partition, but I went with 200 for no particular reason. That prep work worked ‘n I was able to figure out how to get Slackware KDE installed after that.
Used MS Hyper-V to get most of the pics, but couldn’t partition the virtual machine’s virtual disk for a full installation in Hyper-V. Used Rufus to create the USB installation media. Some quick pics of the early installation process:
Here’s my favorite pic:
“You may now login as ‘root’.” Thanks! 😉
After that, it wants you to partition the target disk, which is a major pain…thusly, I ended up w/ Puppy ‘n Fedora using GParted to prep the target disk.
Here’s the KDE desktop:
Some developers are able to tweak the KDE desktop ‘n make it easy to move around in; however, I am not sure about Slackware’s KDE since it has “no automatic dependency resolution of software packages” (whatever that means?!) and/or I was unable to find the right application/s to tweak it.
Here is System info:
Was about to move it into the #3 spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page, but then realized that I couldn’t get USB’s or SSD’s to open. Was trying to copy some pics to a USB drive, but kept getting an error message that it wouldn’t open. Thought maybe I had messed something up so reformatted ‘n did a new install…then tried to copy pics to an SSD drive ‘n got same error message. Ended up emailing those last two pics (above) to myself. 😉
Speakers ‘n every thing else worked…will definitely try out Slackware 15.0 as soon as I find an ISO – Beta or Stable! Will also check out some of the Slackware-based Distros.
2/17/2021 UPDATE: Tried the install on ‘Rose‘ computer also, w/o setting up WiFi during installation…after install it couldn’t see my wireless USB adapter. Same recognition problems of USB drives as ‘Apevia‘ had, tho I managed to grab one screenshot and add it to a USB. However, something about the drive made a window keep popping up – then off ‘n another popup, etc. That would’ve probably lasted forever. Will test Slackel Linux tonight…here’s the ‘Rose‘ system info pic:
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!